After some convoluted referral process, I got approached by the McKinsey Operations EMEA recruiter, who seemed to really like my profile and reckons I'd be an excellent fit for the product development division (which sounds very interesting, but I have no experience in that?! I have a doctorate in engineering from a top university though).
As I am preparing for other strategy firms (for strategy roles), I wanted to ask what are the critical differences in the cases. I have so far experienced mixed reviews but practicing cases labeled as 'operations', I am not sure I see any significant difference in the approach.
A second question refers to the numbers: I know operations is growing fast, yet there are far fewer applicants than for pure strategy. Does anyone have some hard numbers on the acceptance rate in operations?
Finally, McK has offered me some coaching ahead of the first phone case interview in a few weeks' time. How does this phone interview differ from the others? I know it is a single case, I am not sure I feel very comfortable having to play my chances in a single case interview without the chance to make it up in the following case.